Big Band of the Week – Dr. Phill’s Big Band

Dr. Phill is drummer, band leader and music educator Phill Butts. He explains that his motivation for starting this band in 2011 was to fill the void left by his retirement, after directing big bands at Arundel High School for 40 years. | Read more>>

Big Band of the Week – Dave Tucker & the Roaring Big Band

— by Bob Jacobson — In October, 2017 the Dave Tucker-John Blount Big Band suffered a huge loss with the death of its co-leader, trumpeter John Blount. The band’s determination to continue is reflected in its new name, Dave Tucker & the Roaring Big Band. | Read more>>
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Baltimore-Area Big Bands Abounding

Trumpeter Scott Stansfield heard Stan Kenton’s big band at Towson State College in 1983, when he was in sixth grade. In his subsequent school report Stansfield vowed to have a band like that someday. Two years ago he fulfilled his dream by starting the Melting Pot Big Band. | Read more>>

Tribute to Norma Allman

While researching Baltimore-area big bands for our Winter 2018 hard-copy newsletter, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that a retirement community, Carroll Lutheran Village, in Westminster, had its own big band, the Never Too Late Band. I was amazed to learn that its leader was a 90-year-old trombonist, Norma Allman. | Read more>>

Big Band of the Week – The Capitol Limited Orchestra

Dale Corn is a 37-year-old vocalist and railroad engineer, which explains the alternate name for his big band: The Capitol Limited Orchestra. Corn started the band twelve years ago. It is not an ongoing ensemble; rather, Corn assembles it as he books performances, working with a core rhythm section and section leaders. | Read more>>